Betty, 2020
Oil on Canvas (24”x 24”)

Jane, 2020
Oil on Canvas (24”x 19”)

Lucy, 2020
Oil on Canvas (24”x 19”)

Sarah, 2020
Oil on Canvas (24”x 19”)

The art I create focuses on the complexities of human relationships, both the connections we find with other people and the connections we make with ourselves. The work I make is not done once I have finished its construction, it is fully completed once the audience starts interpreting. Artmaking is an often solitary process, but it has this wonderful ability to bring people together. Whether it be through mutual enjoyment or through discourse art brings up unique feelings and opinions in everyone. Each of the opinions is just as important as the imagery itself. I am interested in how people see each other as perception is not something concrete. It ebbs and flows with the personal experience of the perceivers. Using non human or subhuman subjects allows me to challenge viewers on what they interpret from their perception. Getting someone to relate imagery from life to humanity allows for opportunity for them to relate better to the world around them. This comes from my recurring interest in the uncanny valley. Combining human and the decidedly nonhuman together creates grey areas identical to the grey areas of that feed perception. Ultimately how we see ourselves and the world around us is not objective, but built upon the images we have been inundated with our entire lives. Pulling those images out of context gives us the unique opportunity to dissect what it really means to be part of a group and what it means to be ourselves. To be honest I do not care what people think when they look at my art. I do not really even care what my art means to myself. It does not matter what I think because I already know my perception of the world. Nor does one other single person’s perception. There is no direct answer to any question that can be pulled from my pieces. It exists solely as a conduit for conversation and for perceptions that I cannot pull from myself. It is the combination of many people experiencing one thing in a million different ways that creates the climate for what we decide is human and what is not. To decide the trends of what we as a human group deem as happy or sad, frustrating or loving. I think most artist’s get lost in what our work means to us, and we put it on a pedestal. Make ourselves believe that our own unique genius must be shared with the world as a solution to societal problems. That’s bullshit. An artist is a person of flaws and stupidities as much as whatever talent we can muster up. There is no more reason to listen to an artist than there is a reason to listen to scientists, or a teacher, or politician. What we say as individuals does not matter. What matters is how we use what we have to contribute to the greater good or understanding of humans as a whole. Art has been used throughout history to document events and ideas. Any piece’s impact exists much longer than the artist is around to explain it. The work takes on a life of its own in the uncanny valley. Not entirely human but built from the emotions of one and the opinions of many others. That valley of gray area mentioned many times throughout this page is a place of discovery I as one person am attempting to figure out myself. Using my art to clue into the feelings of humanity is just a small part of the greater goals of understanding we all strive for.